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In November our 10 year old bulldog suddenly collapsed and was panting excessively. Took her straight to the vet and it was discovered her heart was enlarged and she had fluid around her heart to. We transferred her to an emergency specialist and she went I to respitory distress, I was sure we were going to lose her. Luckily they did an amazing job stabilising her and draining the fluid, we were told she recovered well but the fluid will return. Webroufht her home the next day. Happy and relieved to still have her.
It got me thinking how I would explain to my 3 year old about death , if her beloved dog died. so I did some research and found the answers I was looking for. Our bulldog is still going well, but yesterday my brothers dog died. I explained to my daughter the she couldn’t see Rosie ( my brothers dog) because she had died, which means she is not coming back, and she has gone up to heaven to be with th angels and now we Will see a new star in the sky at night which is rosies star.
I feel the explanation went well. She did ask questions and I answered them. But now I feel we will both be better prepared when it’s time for our bulldog to go


Posted by mum4107, 21st January 2016


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  • We’ve just had our beloved dog, Bull, put to sleep. It’s a very distressing time. Made worse fir us by the uncaring vets who did it. They didn’t seem interspersed in looking to see if the you’ld fix things and make him better, they were there to put him down and that was that

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  • It is so hard to even think about having to say goodbye to our beloved pets. Your explanation to your daughter was lovely.

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  • Thank you everyone for your supportive comments xxx

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  • the brightest star in the night sky is our dog – Nick looks for it each evening and says goodnight


    • Oh that’s so very touching – and such a lovely way to remember your dog.

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  • Death is hard to explain to kids, whether people or pets.

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  • I think you gave a very good explanation. Maybe you’d like to read something about the Rainbow Bridge. I find it a sweet way to think about the pets who passed away.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————
    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

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  • yeah pets are usually the first experience with the subject. so it can be a life lesson as well and you have to handle it well. i think that you did a great job in explaining that

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  • Pets are such a big part of our lives, it is hard when they die. So glad you have had time to prepare your family – sudden pet deaths are hard at the best of times.

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